Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Slowey heads to mound for Twins first game at Citi Field

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: June 25, 2010 - 8:04 PM

NEW YORK -- This is my first visit to Citi Field. I'd give you my impressions, but it was such an odyssey finding the press box, it's left me short on time.

Seems like a fine ballpark, but the Mets turned the journey from the media gate to the press box into a maze. Anyway, Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau were among those out for early batting practice today.

Lots to see and do pregame, but I'll get the lineups posted ASAP.

Update: Jason Repko is here. He'll wear No. 18.

This will be Michael Cuddyer's fifth start at third base in the past seven games.

Update: The Twins might wait to activate Jose Mijares from the bereavement list until Saturday, allowing Jeff Manship to stay in the bullpen in long relief. Mijares isn't expected to land at Kennedy Airport until 5, and the Twins aren't sure how much he's been able to pitch at home.

Update: Got a chance to meet Repko, and a bunch of us surrounded Johan Santana's locker, getting his thoughts about Saturday's start.

"We always had fun [with the Twins] -- winning or losing, as long as you give your best, everything was fine," he said. "Those four Central division [titles], we had there, that was a great time. We celebrated as a team, great memories, the best ones that I had in my career were there."

Update: The Twins are indeed waiting to activate Mijares, keeping Manship in the bullpen. Mijares hasn't arrived from the airport yet. The Twins moved him from the bereavement list to the restricted list, where he can remain for any length of time. He could be activated Saturday.

TWINS (40-32)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Orlando Hudson, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Michael Cuddyer, 3B
6. Jason Kubel, RF
7. Delmon Young, LF
8. Nick Punto, SS
9. Kevin Slowey, P

Starting pitcher: RH Kevin Slowey (7-4, 4.58)

METS (41-31)

1. Jose Reyes, SS
2. Jesus Feliciano, CF
3. David Wright, 3B
4. Ike Davis, 1B
5. Jason Bay, LF
6. Josh Thole, C
7. Jeff Francoeur, RF
8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
9. Mike Pelfrey, P

Starting pitcher: RH Mike Pelfrey (9-2, 2.69 ERA)

Citi Field. First pitch: 6:10 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network.

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